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Online Learning Platforms – 5 Marketplace Comparisons

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The Range of Online Learning Platforms

Online learning platform solutions can be a confusing market space to navigate as an online course instructor.   Online course platforms range from “marketplaces” such as Udemy, where anyone can create and sell an online course of virtually any quality, to Coursera which partners only with educational institutions, to Thinkific and other LMS platforms that allow instructors to create a proprietary online course platform and market their online classes.

If you want to create and sell online courses in a so-called “marketplace” like Udemy, which makes selling online courses relatively easy, you may wonder what alternatives to Udemy exist.  Given the brand recognition and market share Udemy boasts, it may be hard to figure out what other online course marketplaces exist and how they are different.  

Udemy Review – Is Udemy Worth It?

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A Udemy Review for Instructors

Is Udemy legit?  Is Udemy worth It?  Is Udemy a scam? 

Udemy reviews often attempt to answer these kinds of questions.   Whether you are contemplating becoming a Udemy instructor or you already have courses on Udemy, such questions could make you wonder if you have made a good choice with Udemy as way to spend your time and earn income.

You should have a good idea of how Udemy is viewed from both a consumer and instructor perspective and what are the pro’s and con’s of selling courses on Udemy. This can help you be more strategic in your decisions and manage your expectations as a Udemy instructor.  

Online Teaching – 8 Tips to Get Started

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Teachinguide often receives requests for assistance from readers who need help getting started in online teaching and course creation.  We decided to put together 8 first steps to take and factors to consider if you are contemplating making a move to teaching online.

Online Teaching Options

How you proceed breaking into teaching online will depend very much on your teaching and domain experience – whether you have any at all, have a lot, and everything in between.  So, keep this in mind as your read.  In addition, you must consider whether your goal is to make some cash on the side or to make an entire career of teaching online.

Here’s a list of some of your options:

How Much Do Udemy Instructors Make?

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In a popular blog a few months back, we profiled five high earning Udemy Instructors who gave their advice about how to be a successful Udemy instructor.  Those featured Udemy instructors earn A LOT of money teaching online courses and this has been promoted as an argument for becoming a Udemy instructor in all manner of media and blogs.  Earning lots of money by taking three months out of your life to create a kick-butt Udemy course is no doubt an appealing concept to many.

Just go on Quora and punch in “How Much Money Do Udemy Instructors Make” and you will see no less than a dozen similar questions with links to answers from Udemy instructors and all manner of opinions on the topic.

Because we’ve been digging around in our data lately, we decided to try and use it to estimate how much a Udemy instructor could make. Our estimation exercise results follow in this article.

Udemy Courses – How Male and Female Instructors Compare

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Udemy courses reflect the world we live in.  The most popular courses reflect current lifestyle and career trends.  The most popular instructors reflect what we value nowadays in terms of entertainment and information dissemination.  We all live according to “ratings” and so do Udemy course instructors.

Over this past year, the media has been flooded with all kinds of headlines about the progress of women. This year a record number of women will be working in the US Congress. 2018 was dubbed the “Year of the Woman”.

We at Teachinguide got to thinking, “what does our data tell us, if anything, about how gender plays a role in Udemy courses?” 

5 Online Course Predictions and Hot Topics for 2019

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Happy New Year from Teachinguide!  No doubt like us you are looking forward to another strong year for the online course industry.   With so much growth in Udemy and other platforms during 2018 (over 80,000 courses on Udemy!), it begs the question “what’s next for 2019?”.

We’ve taken a shot at predicting some key trends that we think will drive the online course industry and influence course creation in 2019. We hope these predictions will provide some useful insights to incorporate into your 2019 online course strategy.

8 Ideas to Promote Your Udemy Online Course this Christmas

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The holidays are upon us! Many of us are very busy finding gifts for nearly everyone we know and often trying to manage a budget at the same time.   Whether you have just created a new online course or have several courses on Udemy, you should try to take advantage of this seasonal scenario with your online course promotion.  It’s the perfect time to promote your courses as an “easy” and budget friendly Christmas gift – for that person who has everything, for all those teachers who need thanking, or for that relative that someone doesn’t know all that well but just can’t leave off the list!

All you need to do as a Udemy instructor is find the “hook” that will play off people’s desire and need to purchase a Christmas gift.  The advantage of doing a little extra to promote your online courses during Christmas time is that the increase in enrollments will help boost your rankings for the upcoming Udemy January sale.

We know that as an online course instructor you are probably short on time right now like everyone else. So, we’ve put together 8 simple and quick ideas that can help promote your courses this week and the next to capture the giving spirit of the holiday season. 

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Teachinguide Update – December 2018

Christmas is approaching fast and our way to give includes adding more exciting functionality and features to our Teachinguide Web App.

Here is an overview of the biggest updates in November and December so far.

Udemy’s January Sale – How to Prepare

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Udemy January Sales 2019

Last week we discussed the impact of Udemy’s Black Friday Sale on online course enrollments.  We saw that by and large the Udemy’s sale on Black Friday greatly increased enrollments across all categories.

Next up in terms of big promotions will be Udemy’s January Sale. In January Udemy.com will be offering courses for $10.99 each to ring in the new year. If you currently have courses on Udemy, now is a great time to think about promoting your course and getting it ready for another big Udemy sale.  And if you are looking to launch a course, it is also a great time to launch.  Udemy’s big sale in January greatly increases your chances of garnering many more new enrollments than any other time of the year.

Udemy’s Sale on Black Friday – a Good Deal for Online Course Instructors?

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Udemy’s Sale on Black Friday – a Good Deal for online Course Instructors?

The Udemy Promotion Debate

Udemy’s Black Friday Sale recently took place.  All courses on the platform were listed for $9.99 and if you purchased a course you received a free credit to purchase another one on Cyber Monday. A great deal for consumers.

But what about instructors? Is Udemy’s Black Friday sale a great deal for them?  Udemy’s seemingly endless promotions have been the subject of controversy, with many users and industry followers claiming that Udemy’s “real” online course prices are never really achieved. Rather with its very frequent promotions, Udemy has trained consumers to wait for its next promotion to buy courses.

On the other hand, enrollments are a key factor in building and promoting an online course business.  Promotional campaigns like Udemy’s Black Friday sale are of course aimed at increasing organic course enrollments and obtaining more traffic and users of the platform. Investing to obtain enrollments, such as discounting your courses, makes sense.   Thus one could argue that promotions such as Black Friday can be viewed as the cost of building your business.

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